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Joel Silver’s Silver Productions and Studio Canal are set to remake John Carpenter’s 1981 film Escape from New York, which starred Kurt Russell.
Deadline first reported the news, noting that this is just the latest attempt to make a reboot of the post-apocalyptic film that finds New York turned into a maximum security prison. New Line had tried to make the film with producer Neil Moritz and director Breck Eisner, but that project stalled two years ago.
According to a release posted at The Wrap, Silver is hoping to turn the franchise into a trilogy, with the first part as an origin story in the vein of Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes series. Studio Canal, which is financing, and Silver are currently looking for a writer and no director or star are attached.
Studio Canal and Silver have worked together in the past, with their most recent efforts being the upcoming Non-Stop with Liam Neeson. They are also working on Prone Gunman with Sean Penn, which will start shooting in June.
Here’s the trailer for the original film: